Navy’s plan for a 170-ship force

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Navy’s plan for a 170-ship force

Part of: Prelims and GS-III – Defence and security

Context The Navy’s plan for a 170 ship force is under way, and some changes in timelines are also being finalised.

Key takeaways 

  • The Navy shall include a second indigenous aircraft carrier in its Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP).
  • The Navy will commission the first Project-15B class stealth-guided missile destroyer Visakhapatnam on November 21, and the fourth Scorpene class submarine Vela on November 25.
  • Current status: The Navy currently has 130 ships and had earlier planned to achieve securing 200, which was revised to 170 ships by 2027.
  • Revised timeline: The timeline is now being revised as the Navy is revising its MCPP for the next 15 years, which is expected to be ready by 2022. 
    • It will be in line with the 10-year Integrated Capability Development Plan (ICDP) being formulated by the Department of Military Affairs to bring in service integration

Navy’s Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP)

  • The Navy’s Maritime Capability Perspective Plan (MCPP)’ emphasises on capability building rather than numbers.
  • The MCPP lays down the plans for force development and modernisation over three plan periods from 2005-22. 
  • Aim: To build a three-dimensional force that is able to meet all future challenges

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